Robert Emms

Robert Emms
Born Robert James MacPherson
(1986-05-20) 20 May 1986
Horley, Surrey, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 2007–present

Robert Emms (born Robert James MacPherson; 20 May 1986) is an English film, stage and television actor.

Life and career

Emms was born in Horley, Surrey, England. He went to a local secondary school, Oakwood School, Horley.[1] He studied at the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology from 2002 to 2004, and then the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) from 2004 to 2007.[2]

He has performed in several stage productions. In 2007 he appeared in The Six-Days World at the Finborough Theatre in London.[3] The following year he was nominated as 'Best Newcomer' in the Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards for his performance in The Glee Club at the Library Theatre in Manchester.[4] In March 2009 he was cast as Billy Narracott in the National Theatre's award-winning production of War Horse when it transferred to the West End,[5] and from September 2009 he played the lead role of Albert Narracott.[6][7]

Emms' television appearances include The Street by Jimmy McGovern,[8] and Scott & Bailey.[9]

He appeared in the BAFTA-nominated film The Arbor, playing David Dunbar.[10] After Steven Spielberg saw him in War Horse at the New London Theatre, he was cast as David Lyons in Spielberg's film adaptation of the play.[11][12] His other film work included Anonymous directed by Roland Emmerich, in which he played the Elizabethan playwright Thomas Dekker,[13] and Tarsem Singh's version of The Brothers Grimm's Snow White, Mirror Mirror, with Julia Roberts.[14]

In June 2011 Screen International named him as a 'Star of Tomorrow'.[15]

In 2015, Emms played the part of Smitty, the artistic grandson of Petunia Howe, in the three-part BBC series Capital based on John Lanchester's novel of the same name.[16]

Emms also works as a singing tutor at the London School of Dramatic Art (LSDA).[17]



Year Title Role Director
2013 Kick-Ass 2 Insect Man Jeff Wadlow
2013 Irreversible (short film) Daniel Lewis Metcalfe
2013 The Selfish Giant Phil Clio Barnard
2013 The River (short film) Kenny John Michell
2012 Broken Rick Buckley Rufus Norris
2012 Mirror, Mirror Charles Renbock Tarsem Singh
2011 War Horse David Lyons Steven Spielberg
2011 Anonymous Thomas Dekker Roland Emmerich
2010 The Arbor Young David Clio Barnard
2009 Bucco Blanco (short film) Guy Cassius Matthias
2017 Borg vs. McEnroe Vitas Gerulaitis Janus Metz Pedersen


Year Title Role Notes
2008 Shangri-La Horatio 1 episode
2008 Waking the Dead Steo Episode: "Pieta: Part 1"
2008 The Wrong Door Smee/Colin 2 episodes
2009 The Street Calum Miller Series 3, Episode 1
2009 Monday Monday Tom Series 1, Episode 4
2011 Scott & Bailey Luke Farrell Series 1, Episode 2
2013-2015 Atlantis Pythagoras Main cast
2015 Capital Smitty
2016 The Living and the Dead Peter Recurring cast
2016 Happy Valley Daryl Garrs Series 2


Year Title Role Director Company
2009-10 War Horse Albert Narracott Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris National Theatre at New London Theatre
2009 Billy Narracott
2008 Shangri-La Horatio Mark Ravenhill Roundhouse
2008 The Glee Club Colin Roger Haines Library Theatre, Manchester
2007 The Six-Days World Tom Jamie Harper Finborough Theatre


  2. "Robert Emms" (PDF). LAMDA. Retrieved 2011-07-01.
  3. Billington, Michael (2007-12-03). "Theatre review: The Six-Days World". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-07-06.
  4. "M.E.N Theatre awards, the nominees are...". What's on Stage. 2008-11-04. Retrieved 2011-07-06.
  5. "War Horse Transfer Cast Update". Theatre Tickets. Retrieved 2011-07-01.
  6. "War Horse — new cast announced". Indie London. Retrieved 2011-07-06.
  7. "Half the cast to change in War Horse!". London Theatre. 2009-09-10. Retrieved 2011-07-01.
  8. Walker, Tim (2009-07-14). "Last Night's Television — Monday Monday, ITV1; The Street, BBC1". The Independent. Retrieved 2011-07-06.
  9. Heminsley, Alexandra (2011-07-07). "Have you been watching ... Scott & Bailey?". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-07-06.
  10. Sandhu, Sukhdev (2010-10-21). "The Arbor, review: The Arbor brilliantly explores the life and legacy of Andrea Dunbar". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2011-07-06.
  11. Freer, Ian (2010-02-17). "Exclusive: War Horse Cast Announced". Empire. Retrieved 2011-07-06.
  12. "War Horse: A Man's Play". Blokely. 2010-12-03. Retrieved 2011-07-01.
  13. Sneider, Jeff (2011-05-05). "Lane, Emms join Relativity's Snow White". Variety. Retrieved 2011-07-01.
  14. Newman, Nick (2011-05-05). "Nathan Lane And Robert Emms Join 'The Brothers Grimm: Snow White'". Retrieved 2011-07-01.
  15. "Screen unveils 2011 Stars of Tomorrow". Screen Daily. 2011-06-30. Retrieved 2011-07-01.
  16. "BBC One: Capital". BBC Online. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  17. "Staff and Tutors: Voice Studies and Movement". London School of Dramatic Art. Retrieved 2011-07-01.
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